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Class Enemy (2013)

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Relations between the students and the new teacher of German are extremely tense. When one female student commits suicide, her schoolmates blame the teacher for her death. An awareness that... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Igor Samobor ...
Robert
Natasa Barbara Gracner ...
Zdenka
Tjasa Zeleznik ...
Sasa
Masa Derganc ...
Nusa
Robert Prebil ...
Matjaz
Voranc Boh ...
Luka
Jan Zupancic ...
Tadej
Dasa Cupevski ...
Sabina
Doroteja Nadrah ...
Mojca
Spela Novak ...
Spela
Pia Korbar ...
Marusa
Dan David Mrevlje Natlacen ...
Primoz
Jan Vrhovnik ...
Nik
Kangjing Qiu ...
Chang
Estera Dvornik ...
Sonja
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Relations between the students and the new teacher of German are extremely tense. When one female student commits suicide, her schoolmates blame the teacher for her death. An awareness that things are not quite so black and white comes too late... (based on true events) Written by Anonymous

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9 October 2014 (Italy)  »

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€565,000 (estimated)
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The director was only looking for young people who would fit their role perfectly. But since a personality like Sabine's wouldn't volunteer the directors assistants had a hard time looking for the perfect cast. See more »

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Sasa: I know your class well, and we get along. So I can help you. Hey, we could go somewhere and talk about it. After school. They're starting up those... you know, serious concert seasons of serious music. I mean, I've always wanted to listen to deeper, classical music. I think you're the same.
Robert: Where would you like to go? To the classics or El Clásico?
Sasa: What?
Robert: What are they playing? Mozart, Messi, Xavi? Thank you for the coffee.
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Prelude Op. 28, No. 15
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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An astounding Blackboard Jungle from Slovenia with Love
17 November 2014 | by (United States, Budapest, etc.) – See all my reviews

Class Enemy was a Revelation at Miskolc CINEFEST, 2014: If one of the basic purposes of a film festival is to discover and reveal new talent from small countries then Jameson Miskolc in rural Hungary is doing a truly remarkable job. Apart from four discoveries mentioned yesterday even more powerful new films have surfaced since -- from smaller countries that one does not generally think of as sources of quality cinema. On day number four (September 15) I was astounded by the quality of a film from Slovenia -- yes, Slovenia -- a teeny country sandwiched in between Austria, Italy and Croatia. The film in question is called "RAZREDNI SOVRADNIK" which translates as "Class Enemy", a kind of update to the XXI. Century of the Hollywood Classic "The Blackboard Jungle" (1955), but far more profound and powerful in dealing with the wider repercussions of a high school rebellion.

A very strict and erudite substitute teacher of German replaces a popular female German teacher on maternity leave. The obstreperous students quickly label him a Fascist and hold him personally responsible when a girl in the class commits suicide after playing Chopin Opus 38 for him behind closed doors. The ethereal Chopin piano passages become a leit motif throughout the film referencing shy Sabina, the girl who committed suicide -- an act only referred to but not actually seen on screen.

The entire school now rebels against established authority until an eventual compromise between faculty and student body is reached, but not before the whole town has gotten involved and all kinds of personal side issues have cropped up. Slovenian actor Igor Samobor (56) is in total command of the role of the unsavory controversial Thomas Mann spouting teacher -- the Class Enemy of the title, and very attractive actress Natasa Barbara Gracner(45) is most ingratiating as the cool headed school principal in change of handling the widening social crisis. All student roles are excellent in a perfectly balanced ensemble cast where each personality is clearly defined. This is an unusually mature debut by a 28 year old director, Roc Bicek, unquestionably a talent to keep eye on. Voted best film of the festival, young Bicek was on hand to pick up his well deserved award at the closing ceremony/

Photo: Rebellious students come to class all wearing masks of the face of a classmate who committed suicide in Roc Bicek's "Class Enemy"


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